With over 3,100 participants, you won't have any trouble finding Waldo in Colorado Springs. This 5k comes with a Waldo (or Wenda) costume when you sign up! It is also an untimed race, so you can take a leisurely stroll with friends through the scenic trails in this Colorado town. The money from registration goes to the Waldo Canyon restoration, a disaster fund for the surrounding Waldo Canyon community. Sign up today, but maybe wear a blue ribbon or something so your friends can actually find you. You know, like your luggage bag at the airport.
It don't mean a thing if you ain't got that bling! Being a huge Disney fan myself, I signed up for the Walt Disney World Marathon after seeing the insane medals they give out for completing the race--especially the Walt Disney and Mickey medal on the right. There are many Disney races, of different mileage, and each have their own medal. But the only way to get that Walt Disney and Mickey statuemedal is to complete the "Coast to Coast" challenge. Complete a full marathon (26.2 miles) or a half marathon (13.1 miles) at Walt Disney World, then complete the Disneyland Half Marathon in the same year and voila! You've just raced on both coasts and get a total of 3 amazing Disney medals. This is a must for all true Disney fans. I did the "Coast to Coast" challenge and I'm a novice runner. Local high school bands come out and welcome you on your run. There's fireworks. You get to run through the Disney parks before they open to the public. Some of your favorite Disney characters are out to take pictures with you along your run. It was the first ever 1/2 marathon and marathon that I've ever run. And it was worth it.
This ain't your stereotypical college Franzia party-- this is wine country! Labeled the world's "longest, booziest race," this full marathon through France's Médoc region is complete with 23 wine stops, so every vino can get their fill. Although I don't recommend drinking and running, the soreness that comes from trekking 26.2 miles might deserve a glass or two (or 23). And with gorgeous views of the wine vineyards and local specialties like fine cheeses, oysters, steak and ice cream, the 26.2 miles seems like very little to wine about.
Australia's City2Surf is a 8.7 mile fun run that starts in the city centre of Sydney and ends on Bondi beach. There's live bands playing along the route, participants in costume, and families with their children walking and jogging the course. There are about 80,000 racers who sign up each year. Why not make it 80,001?
Started in 2011, this paint-and-glitter-filled run is called the "Happiest 5k on the planet." Runners wear white at the starting line, but by the end of their 3.1 miles, they're covered from head to toe in vibrant pigment. The Color Run offers races all over the US--so there's no excuse not to grab a group of your friends, dress up in white, and literally paint the town.
6. The Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and 1/2 Marathon
Back when even Elvis Presley was still singing about Las Vegas, this race through Sin City started in 1967. It is considered one of the oldest races in America. With swag bags, a sweet finisher's medal, and the city closing down Las Vegas Boulevard just for you, this is definitely a run you need to incorporate in your next Vegas vacation. And there is a half marathon option if running the full course seems less of a party to you. Of course, it's only fitting that marathon coordinators included a rock concert before the race to get you pumped. PARTY ON!
Ah Autumn! The leaves are changing. The air is cool. The 40,000 runners from over 100 countries jog through the capital of Germany joined by over one million spectators. Oh September! Aside from running through historical Berlin, The BMW Berlin Marathon also offers a one million dollar prize split between the 1st place male and 1st place female finishers. That'll buy a lot of bratwurst! For beginning runners, the race offers a pretty flat surface and lots of cheering spectators. And if you miss the '80s, big hair, and rollerblades, there are about 8,000 inline skaters who race the course the Saturday before the running competition.
This crazy race is filled with so many hot fresh doughnuts, even Homer Simpson would get off the couch to join. Every year in Raleigh, North Carolina, racers run 2.5 miles to a local Krispy Kreme shop, eat one dozen doughnuts, then run back to the finish line in under one hour. Think of all the gluten! If you can survive without puking you're a champ. And if you wear a bikini in sub-freezing temperature while eating a fresh glazed doughnut, then you're my personal hero.
This is the story that inspired it all! The Athens "classic" or "authentic" marathon is based on the myth of Pheidippides who was said to run all the way from Marathon to Athens to deliver military news, only to collapse and die upon his arrival. Runners can feel like true Greek athletes by running through historic Athens. It might be easier to storm through the streets on a chariot, or even a pegasus, but you still get a medal worthy of an Olympic winner. And, of course, you can play "Chariots of Fire" as you run through the course like Hercules.
Run for your life! Literally! This 5k is the perfect fun run for the living and undead alike. The race takes place in different UK areas including East Sussex, Yorkshire, and London. Runners are given a map and a mysterious address where they are directed to an asylum and must try to escape darting zombies. Grab a big group of friends and sign up. At least if the zombies come after you, you can use your best friend as a shield.
History buffs rejoice! This half marathon, in honor of the 16th President of the United States of America, takes place in Abraham Lincoln's hometown, Springfield, Illinois. The course is filled with historical markers including a stop by his law office where he delivered his "House Divided" speech. If that's not enough for the historian in your group, you also get to take home this bronze finisher's medal of the penny. Want a penny for our thoughts? Sign up for this race now.
Run through suds with your buds! This slippery foam-filled fun run takes place all over Canada including Alberta, Novia Scotia, Quebec, and Ontario. Race coordinators say it's not a hardcore race but rather a "FUNCORE" race. It's safe for all ages and includes a foam pit, obstacle course, bounce house, and lots and lots of suds. Think of it as a car wash for every inch of your body. It's the perfect race to sign up for after you finish your latest mud run.
The Moonlight Run offers a half marathon, 10k, 5k, and kids race, so the whole family can be included. They typically take place on a warm Saturday night in the summer in Northern California. With glow-in-the-dark medals, prizes, costumes, and family-friendly festivities, there's something at this racing event for everyone. Just point me in the direction of the ice cream station. Everyone needs to moo-ve out of my way.
He's making a list. He's checking it twice. He thinks this might be his favorite fun run of all. At only 1.5 miles, this festive run is the perfect race for novice runners. Hundreds of Santas dress up to run through Tokyo and raise funds for children during the Christmas season. So grab your selfie stick, a string of lights, and maybe a reindeer or two to help with the ride back home.
Grab your translator app, your passport, and your fannypack and head out to this one-of-a-kind marathon! The Sparkasse Marathon takes runners through three different countries: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The course itself is mostly flat and runs along Lake Constance. So you can cool off in the lake after your race, or guzzle down huge mugs of beer at Oktoberfest which takes place right after. Cheers!
Ah the city of love! You'll love the gorgeous views of France's capital during this 20km (roughly 12.42 miles) race. The course starts near the Eiffel Tower and stretches across the River Seine. It's not quite a half marathon but you're still guaranteed to burn quite a few calories. That just means when you finish you can dine on all the crepes, croissants, and soufflés you can get your hungry hands on. Bon appétit!
Jog along China's most famous attraction in either a 5k, 10k, half marathon or full marathon. Yes, there may be 5,164 steps, but just think of all the extra points you'll rack up on your FitBit. I just hope someone brings a slinky with them so they can push it down the stairs when they finally get to the top.
It's electric! Grab your glowsticks and Deadmau5 playlist and hit the town at an Electric Run. Called "a nighttime land of immersive light and sound," the Electric Run has locations throughout the globe, including San Diego, Miami and Dublin. It's a 5k filled with neon boy suits, hula hoops, tutus, disco balls and vibrant fun participants. You've heard of people starting "the wave" at concerts. Now you can start "the rave."
Each May in the Czech Republic, runners line the streets of the city of Prague for the Volkswagen's International Prague Marathon. The race is broadcast to viewers live-streaming the event. Which means you can wave to your family back home to show them and everyone on Facebook that yes, you do exercise. If running a full marathon seems a bit much, there is also an Eco Walk and skating event as well. Time to break out those inline skates again! We just hope at least one person is racing to the Flashdance soundtrack as they make their way through this gorgeous city.
The Nike Women's racing series has running events all around the world, but perhaps one of their most popular is the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco. Conquer the hills of San Francisco with your friends and get this one of a kind Tiffany and Co. finisher's medal. I will admit, it is one medal (aside from Lincoln's penny) that I am dying to have in my collection. Reviews of the Nike Half Marathon from women of all different ages, shapes, and athletic backgrounds all had one remark in common-- FUN! This is a fun race meant to inspire women, and it doesn't hurt that they have handsome butlers handing out Tiffany necklaces to racers.